by staff–3 Sep ’19
Wyoming senior strong safety Alijah Halliburton was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week by the Mountain West Conference on Monday. It is the first MW Defensive Player of the Week award for Halliburton. He earned the honor after his outstanding performance in Wyoming’s 37-31 season-opening victory over the Missouri Tigers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Alijah Halliburton, Sr., Strong Safety, Aurora, Colo. (Overland)
Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week
Alijah Halliburton led Wyoming in tackles with an amazing 17 total tackles versus Missouri on way to a 37-31 home victory over the SEC member school. Among his 17 total tackles were an impressive 13 solo stops. He also added 1.0 tackle for loss for four yards.
Halliburton recovered a fumble and returned it 79 yards to set up a Wyoming field goal as the first half ended, giving Wyoming a 27-17 halftime lead.
Of his 17 tackles from his strong safety position, seven of those tackles held Missouri players to 5 yards or less, including tackles for: -4 yards, 0 yards, 0 yards, 0 yards, 2 yards, 3 yards, 5 yards
Halliburton led a Wyoming defense that forced three Missouri turnovers, sacked the Missouri quarterback 2.0 times for -9 yards and had 5.0 tackles for losses for 20 yards.
The Cowboys will play their first road game of the 2019 season this coming Saturday in San Marcos, Texas, versus the Texas State Bobcats. That game is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time.